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Bologna mounted a remarkable comeback from a 1-0 halftime deficit to secure their first victory of the 2023/24 Serie A season against newly-promoted Cagliari at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Despite a somewhat underwhelming performance from the home side, they finally clinched a win this season.
Heading into this fixture, Bologna had previously suffered a defeat to Milan and managed a draw against Juventus, leaving them in search of their inaugural league victory in the 2023/24 campaign. On the flip side, Cagliari was looking to bounce back after their 2-0 home defeat to Inter last weekend. Claudio Ranieri’s team had drawn 0-0 against Torino in their Serie A return and was eager to notch their first points.
Cagliari wasted no time in breaking their Serie A goal drought, which dated back to May 2022. Zito Luvumbo opened the scoring at Dall’Ara in the 22nd minute, capitalizing on a brilliant pass from Mateusz Wieteska. With Bologna struggling to generate meaningful attacks, the visitors held a 1-0 lead at halftime.
However, Thiago Motta’s team regrouped in the second half and finally found their footing. They leveled the score at the one-hour mark, as Joshua Zirkzee delivered a perfect finish to find the bottom corner, sending Dall’Ara into a frenzy. Galvanized by Zirkzee’s goal, Bologna increased their offensive pressure.
Their persistence nearly paid off in the 75th minute when Riccardo Orsolini struck the crossbar from the penalty spot. Despite this missed opportunity, Bologna never lost hope of turning the game around. Their determination paid off in the 90th minute when Giovanni Fabbian, moments after stepping onto the field, scored the decisive goal to complete the remarkable comeback.